BSCAA Celebrates Poetry in Washington

DC area alumni gathered at The American Poetry Museum Center

On Sunday, February 9, Washington, DC alumni gathered at The American Poetry Museum Center’s Poetic Thought Gallery and Reading Room. The director of the museum, Jon West-Bey ’04, explained the work of the museum, which is largely poetry work in public and public charter schools. The museum is one of the outcomes of Jon’s master’s thesis during his time at Bank Street.
The most “Bank Street moment” of the afternoon was poetry reading by children. Rachel Henighan ’00, a teacher at Capital City Public Charter School, brought a group of her second grade students to read their compositions. Following this, poet Sami Miranda read a couple of his poems to the children and engaged children, parents, and alums in an interactive poetry writing exercise.
After the children and their parents departed, Sami read more poems; and the seven alums present learned about the rich poetry scene in DC. Sami’s visual works—largely broadsides—were on display in the gallery.
Said Jim Clay ’88, BSCAA’s president and the event organizer, “Having children present at an alum event certainly brought home to us how using the developmentally interactive approach furthers learning.”

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